Game Recap | Round 1 of Division Rivalry Goes to Toronto | Philadelphia 76ers

Heather Diaz
November 3, 2018

After being rested in Monday's first loss of the season to Milwaukee, superstar recruit Kawhi Leonard had 31 points for the Raptors.

But the Raptors will be an interesting test study, because the Eastern Conference is open for the taking right now and Leonard looks ready to shine.

Guard Rodney Hood scored a season-high 26 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers earn their first win in seven games this season, 136-114 over the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

Simmons called Leonard a "freak" defensively after being locked down by the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year on Tuesday.

Embiid cut the deficit to six, 117-111, on a three-pointer with 3:29 remaining.

The 76ers head to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena.

The Bucks didn't stop moving when they have the ball either, especially at the 3-point line.

It was Toronto's 12th straight home victory over the 76ers, the second-longest home winning streak against any opponent in franchise history.

Smith 'hoping' for trade from Cavs
According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal , Smith says it's hard to even put on a Cleveland jersey right now. The 6-foot-6 veteran has started 218 of 248 games since the Cavs acquired him in 2015.

Leonard's contribution was invaluable as he top scored with 31 points, while providing seven rebounds and four assists during his 34 minutes on court.

"He's a freak", Simmons said of Leonard's defense to reporters after the game.

"I think we had 18 deflections in the first half - which is a big, big number - and we turned them over 14 times".

Leonard sustained an elbow to the eye and a hard mid-air foul from Joel Embiid to deliver another efficient game in which he scored 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, while also coming through in the clutch. At least our key guys, in particular Kyle Lowry, rediscovered their 3-point strokes against the 76ers.

Lowry was at it again against the 76ers, scoring 20 points to go with 12 assists, the sixth straight contest he has recorded 10-plus assists, one shy of the franchise record held by Damon Stoudamire.

Ben Simmons made it a point to point out how hard Leonard was to play against as he had 11 turnovers and a big reason why is he uses his physical traits to his advantage.

Sacramento's 5-3 start this season is its best since a 5-3 opening to the 2014-15 season, and the Kings are two games over.500 for the first time since November 28 that same season. But so do the Pelicans, who have six players averaging in double figures, led by Anthony Davis (27.3 points per game) and Nikola Mirotic (22.7). "We are more than a collection of players - more than one player or a few players".

Ben Simmons had 11 turnovers. Wright can't run the bench unit by himself, but he's a useful piece if he can ever get back on the floor with Fred VanVleet.

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